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What's In Outdoors



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Every Friday morning at 8:15, Phil Taunton will join the KVOE Morning show and let listeners know What’s In Outdoors.

 Below you can listen to past shows and find information relating to all kinds of stuff.  ENJOY!


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What's In Outdoors Calendar

Sept 26-27

Kansas Hunt/Fish Expo--Beau Arndt Appreciation Day. Peter Pan Park

Sept 26-27 

WoodFest at Camp Wood - http://woodfestks.com/

Oct 3

Tour de Lyon County Gravel Ride for Hope & a Cure - Flyer

Oct 3

Family Fun Day at the Grove for Hope & a Cure - Flyer

Oct 4

No Child Left Indoors Youth Event - Flyer

Oct 17

Fall Forestry Festival - Flyer

What's In Outdoors with Phil Taunton - 08/28/15

  • Dan Thurston of Lamont and Drury Outdoors will join What's in Outdoors to tell us about his new 6@60 Quest that involved bow hunting in 6 different states. 

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  • Tim Webb of Olpe finished 2nd, just 8 points out of first for the title of Rayovac Bass Fishing Tournament "Angler of the Year!" Tim is now qualified to participate in the Rayovac Championship Tournament held the last of October on the Ohio River. 


Tim Webb with smallmouth bass caught on the English River north of Ignace, Ontario 7-4-2015 





Week of 08-21-15

  • What's in Outdoors, On the Road!

    What's in Outdoors goes back to high school and travels to Dodge City High School to certify physical education teachers to teach fishing at their new pond on the school's campus. 

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Region 3 Dodge City, Ks will join us to discuss the fishing pond at Dodge City High School and one of the newest reservoirs in Kansas, Horse Thief Reservoir. 


  • What's in Outdoors and Back Yard Bass becomes part of the Emporia Recreation Commission's 2015 Corporate Challenge. 

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Week of 08-14-15

  • On the Road with What's in Outdoors

Cody Munsch, Flint Oak Sporting Clays and Hunting Resort and Roger Wells will join Phil on the show to discuss opportunities in the Great Outdoors for young people and families alike. 



Roger Wells, mentor and hunter education class coordinating instructor and  Cody Munsch, graduate of Kansas State University and Kansas Hunter Education  pending instructor watch as students handle firearms and safely cross a fence during last Saturday's hunter education certification class at Flint Oak Hunting Preserve, Fall River, Kansas. Cody took part in a  Wildlife Outdoor Enterprise Management class while attending at Kansas State University.  

More concerning WOEM can be found here.  Wildlife Outdoor Enterprise Management.   http://www.hfrr.ksu.edu/woem 


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  • Backyard Art and a front porch visit with hummingbird expert, Richard Taylor, Fall River, Kansas. 

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  • Local TV Personality to Raise Money for TARC

TOPEKA, Kan. (August 12) – WIBW 13’s Chris Fisher is aiming to raise funds for TARC’s Children Services this weekend. Fisher will host his 6th Annual Sporting Clays for Kids Classic, Saturday August 15 at Ravenwood Lodge in Topeka.

Fisher is raising money through sponsorships, donations and pledge per targets that he is able to hit the day of the event. Last year Fisher hit 44 of his 50 targets. Clay Sporting is a form of clay pigeon shooting, but simulates the unpredictability of live-quarry shooting.   To make a pledge you can visit www.wibw.com/shoot.

The event is open to the public. Walk-ups are subject to availability and registration is $30.00 per round/per person. Biscuits and Gravy will be provided by Henry’s Grill and Donuts from Bakers Dozen will be provided to all the clay shooters, lunch will be provided by Chef Alli. Pre-registration is highly recommended, to register please visit www.wibw.com/shoot.

Schedule of Events August 15, 2015


Sporting Clays for Kids Classic to Benefit TARC’s Children Services
Ravenwood Lodge, 10147 SW 61st Street, Topeka | 8 a.m. to 11 a.m.

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TARC is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that provides service, support, advocacy and community involvement to over 2,500 infants, children, adults and seniors with developmental and related disabilities throughout the Topeka and Shawnee County community.

Week of 08-07-15

  • What's in Outdoors radio show host Phil Taunton was elected to the Kansas Hunter Education Instructor Association's Hall of Fame on June 20, 2015. Butch Harris, KHEIA is shown presenting Phil the Bronze Bison of Achievement recently in Topeka.

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Additional web sources on Phil’s accomplishments




Week of 07-31-15

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  • David Zumbaugh, Shawnee, Kansas, avid waterfowler, freelance writer and Administrative Vice President of the Kansas Wildlife Federation will join us to discuss efforts to get Rachel Carson's portrait on the new 10 dollar bill and also the upcoming Kansas waterfowl season. . 

Rachel Carson's words and actions ultimately transformed modern democracy by influencing the federal government to pass of the Clean Air Act (1963), Clean Water Act (1972), Endangered Species Act (1973), Wilderness Act (1964) and directly championed the establishment of the Environmental Protection Agency (1970) and Earth Day (1970). U.S. Congress enacted legislation banning DDT from agricultural use in 1970. 





  • The upcoming waterfowl season looks promising. 

PRATT – According the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s (USFWS) 2015 Trends in Duck Breeding Populations survey, overall duck numbers remain strong as we enter the 2015-2016 hunting seasons. The USFWS stated that total populations were estimated at 49.5 million breeding ducks in the traditional survey area, which is 43 percent above the 1955-2014 long-term average and the highest count on record. Last year's estimate was 49.2 million birds.

According to the report, current species estimates are as follows:

  • Blue-winged teal: 8.5 million, 73 percent above the long-term average.

  • Green-winged teal: 4.1 million, 98 percent above the long-term average.

  • Northern shoveler: 4.4 million, 75 percent above the long-term average.

  • Northern pintail: 3.0 million, 24 percent below the long-term average.

  • Mallard: 11.6 million, 51 percent above the long-term average.

  • Gadwall: 3.8 million, 100 percent above the long-term average.

  • American wigeon: 3.0 million, 17 percent above the long-term average.

  • Redhead: 1.2 million, 71 percent above the long-term average.

  • Canvasback: 0.76 million, 30 percent above the long-term average.

  • Scaup: 4.4 million, 13 percent below the long-term average.

Waterfowl hunting seasons in Kansas will begin with the teal season in the Low Plains Zones Sept. 12-27, followed by the High Plains Zone Sept. 19-27, 2015. Regular duck and goose seasons will be approved by the Kansas Wildlife, Parks and Tourism Commission at the public hearing portion of its August 20 meeting, which will be held at the Kansas Wetlands Education Center, 592 NE K-156 Highway, Great Bend. The public hearing will begin at 6:30 p.m.Waterfowl hunters are required to possess a Kansas HIP permit, state waterfowl permit, federal waterfowl stamp, and Kansas hunting license, unless exempt.

For more information on Kansas waterfowl seasons, visit ksoutdoors.com.

To view a complete version of the data, and get a species-by-species breakdown, visit www.fws.gov/birds/news/150702trend.php, or www.ducks.org/DuckNumbers.




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  • Lil Mern takes a break from the Dog Days of Summer and cat fishing to help Phil with an erratic golf game. Psycho Sue entertains herself by hunting snakes!


Week of 07-24-15

  • Recap of the ICAST show in Orlando, Florida. 







  • Fishing's Future instructor training at Herington and a visit to "The Spot" voted one of the 10 top places to eat in Kansas. 

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  • Dog Days of Summer and punch, dip, sponge bait....Chumming for catfish!




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  • Does this look like buzzard bait to you?t....Cole, Bailey, KC Star story and the birds!   


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Listen to past shows


  • Monster Sweet Potato Recipe! Courtesy of Lanne Shayes
  • Fish Salad Recipe….. Use as a dip with our favorite cracker or make a sandwich
  • http://www.crappie.com Recipes and stories.
  • Recipe courtesy of Dustin Teasley, KDWPT

Cold Pack Pickled Fish

1 quart fish (rib meat from carp, white bass or drum fillets)….makes around 3 pints.

2 medium yellow onions

3 C Kosher Salt

1 C Port Wine (White but red will work)

1 C Sugar

2 C or more of White Vinegar

2 C Water

2 Tbsp Pickling Spice

Cut meat into pieces no thicker than 1/2”. In a bowl place a layer of salt, then place a layer of fish, then cover that layer with salt. So on and so forth until you have used all the fish and then cover it with salt. Set in fridge 24 hours. Next rinse all salt off fish and place in container covering fish with white vinegar. Set in fridge 24 hours. In a sauce pan, mix 1 C port wine, 1 C sugar, 2 C vinegar, 2 C water, and 2 Tbsp pickling spice and bring to a boil and remove from heat. Clean onions and slice. Once the solution you boiled has cooled, strain out spices. In pint jars create layers of onion and fish until you reach the neck of the jar. Pour cooled solution in jar until all meat and onion is covered. Place ring and lid on jar and set in fridge 24 hours before eating.

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